Lost - The Complete Third Season

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Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 05/02/2008

When it aired in 2006-07, Lost's third season was split into two, with a hefty break in between. This did nothing to help the already weirdly disparate direction the show was taking (Kate and Sawyer in zoo cages! Locke eating goop in a mud hut!), but when it finally righted its course halfway through--in particular that whopper of a finale--the drama series had left its irked fan base thrilled once again. This doesn't mean, however, that you should skip through the first half of the season to get there, because quite a few questions find answers: what the Others are up to, the impact of turning that fail-safe key, the identity of the eye-patched man from the hatch's video monitor. One of the series' biggest curiosities from the past--how Locke ended up in that wheelchair in the first place--also gets its satisfying due. (The episode, "The Man from Tallahassee," likely was a big contributor to Terry O'Quinn's surprising--but long-deserved--Emmy win that year.)

Unfortunately, you do have to sit through a lot of aforementioned nuisances to get there. Season 3 kicks off with Jack (Matthew Fox), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), and Sawyer (Josh Holloway) held captive by the Others; Sayid (Naveen Andrews), Sun (Yunjin Kim), and Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) on a mission to rescue them; and Locke, Mr. Eko (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) in the aftermath of the electromagnetic pulse that blew up the hatch. Spinning the storylines away from base camp alone wouldn't have felt so disjointed were it not for the new characters simultaneously being introduced. First there's Juliet, a mysterious member of the Others whose loyalty constantly comes into question as the season goes on. Played delicately by Elizabeth Mitchell (Gia, ER, Frequency), Juliet is in one turn a cold-blooded killer, by another turn a sympathetic friend; possibly both at once, possibly neither at all. (She's also a terrific, albeit unwitting, threat to the Kate-Sawyer-Jack love triangle, which plays out more definitively this season.) On the other hand, there's the now-infamous Nikki and Paulo (Kiele Sanchez and Rodrigo Santoro), a tagalong couple who were cleverly woven into the previous seasons' key moments but came to bear the brunt of fans' ire toward the show (Sawyer humorously echoed the sentiments by remarking, "Who the hell are you?"). By the end of the season, at least two major characters die, another is told he/she will die within months, major new threats are unveiled, and--as mentioned before--the two-part season finale restores your faith in the series.

The extras are as well-stocked as a Dharma Initiative food pantry on this seven-disc set. Commentaries by producer Damon Lindelof, show writers, and numerous cast members reveal a whole lot of juicy trivia; plus, the DVDs even provide a subtitle track for the commentary (rarely seen other than on foreign-language director's commentaries) so you won't miss a thing. "Lost Book Club" goes through the parallels between what characters are reading and the show's storylines (The Wizard of Oz and Stephen King are heavily referenced). "Lost: On Location" gives a lot of insight to some of the biggest episodes, and "Lost in a Day" gives a 24-hour glimpse at the drama's arduous production. If you're a Lost fan who gave up during this season, the bonus features alone might lure you back for the next round. --Ellen A. Kim




Customer Reviews:

  • White Rabbit
    Season three more or less completes a cycle, as island life is changed forever with the set of events that unfold. Overall, it was a pretty good season. Certainly plenty of action leading to a fitting season finale in which the viewer discovers the last of the old Dharma stations as Des and Charlie try to open up a line of communication to the outside world. But, it is the bumpy and confused set of episodes one has come to expect from this series.

    The viewer learns quite a bit about the Others to whet his appetite. New characters emerge while others meet their fate on the island. Locke becomes obsessed in the meaning of the island which takes many twists and turns, leaving Jack in a quandry as to what Locke is really after.

    The writers struggle to hold all these competing storylines together. It would seem there are just too many characters with a lot of moving back and forth between the various camps that have emerged. Much of the mystery is gone, leaving one to wonder what if any metaphysical aspect to this series remains. But, the writers still want you to believe something deeper lurks at the heart of the island so they pull out Ol' Smokie a few more times and provide some other interesting clues to the island.

    If you've been sucked into this series, you can't stop now, but in many ways Season Three represented the peak of the series....more info
  • Lost season 3 is excellent
    Very impressed with Lost season 3, I can't wait til season 4 is out in December. I am very pleased with amazons prices and the speed of there delivery. Good stuff....more info
  • Getting lost in a great show.
    Lost keeps getting better and better. Everything you know gets thrown out the window when flashback are not what they seem because you now have Flash Forwards. Filled with great bonus features this is a most have for any TV fanatic....more info
  • All About The Others
    While the first season of LOST introduced viewers to the important survivors of Oceanic 815, and the second season dealt with what was inside the hatch, the third season dealt primarily with the Others, a mysterious group of people that were on the island long before Oceanic 815 ever crashed on the beach.

    This season begins right where the second season left off, with Jack, Kate, and Sawyer as captives of the Others. As the season progresses, we learn more about why the Others only take specific prisoners, what their relationship is to the DHARMA initiative, and how they (most importantly Ben) came to be on the island in the first place. I could go on and on about the dramatic plot twists and turns, but I don't want to ruin anything for you!

    Besides the main mysterious plotlines, however, the emotional drama of the show is also ratcheted up a notch. Again, I don't want to ruin any big moments with a slip of the tongue here, but in this season the flashbacks of the "Losties" converge more than ever, as it becomes more and more apparent that the crash of Oceanic 815 was not a random event. More specifically, this season really highlights the Jack/Kate relationship, with some of the most emotional "Jate" moments of the entire show so far. The drama is heightened when Jack finds a new love interest among the Others, while Kate and Sawyer become closer than ever before.

    Yet, the entire breadth of the season pales in comparison to the shocking season finale, in which the entire structure of the show is changed. If anyone could fault this season for anything, it would be that it seemed like the writers/producers were milking the plotlines as they did not know how long the show would go (a common problem among popular TV shows). However, once the writers/producers finalized a contract with ABC to run for six seasons total, they become much more free to go all-out with their storytelling as the season went on, and it shows.

    To conclude, the third season of LOST is just as action-packed, thought-provoking, and emotionally relevant as the first two seasons. The origin of the Others is better explained, the flashbacks are just as compelling as ever (specifically those involving Jack and Kate), and the season finale will absolutely blow you away. You might as well pre-order season four now, as you will be counting down the days until its release....more info
  • I got Found with Lost!
    I recently purchased this product from Amazon. The quality of the DVDs and the free shipping made this an excellent addition to my Lost season collection. I would certainly order through Amazon again. ...more info
  • Greatness and blandness in one season
    What makes a show like "Alias" or "Lost" strange is that they're entirely built on mysteries and double crosses, questions and answers and finding out what they all mean is the fun. Sure we can knock the show for drawing out its answers a bit too long and revisiting might lose that mystery because we now know what it all means, it's always great to get immersed into a show that doesn't involve a crime being solved in an hour. But even the great shows stumble and season 3 is one season where there's enough promise and greatness to outweigh the flaws but just too bad the flaws are just so visible.

    Season 3 opens with Jack, Kate and Sawyer held hostage by the Others; Sayid, Sun and Jin are on a sailboat attempting to rescue them while Locke and Desmond deal with the fallout of the electromagnetic explosion that happened at the hatch. But naturally there's plenty to branch off from as answers (some) are revealed, new ones are introduced and some characters won't survive till the end.

    I tried to be as broad and general as I can since the fun of a show like this is getting caught up in it and not really worrying that you've watched a good number of episodes in one go. And watching it on DVD or Blu-ray helps the flow of the season well since disappointment isn't as easy to get when you don't have to wait a week or deal with frequent commercial interruptions. A lot happens in this season, some of it surprising and some...strange but the show creators don't so much stumble as they occasionally drop the ball then bounce back.

    The first ball drop is the opening set of episodes before a long break which dealt rather heavily on Jack, Kate and Sawyer's time in captivity with the Others. While it introduces their society and some motivations and a new main character, it feels strangely sluggish and the show just kind of limps along for awhile. Then there's the new characters Nikki and Paulo which deserve their dislike from fans since it seemed like a good idea to try rather than something vitally integral to the show. But then the show gets into the swing of things and twists add plenty of fuel for the mythology and the 2 part finale is quite the whopper for changing the show around. But as you can probably guess, some of the answers seem slightly frustrating as if the show's winking at us in a "this is all you're getting" way. One of the mysteries surrounding the Others was their kidnapping of several flight survivors and the reveal or shall we say, the tease, of what happens to them is just silly.

    There's a lot of episodes that are great here to exceptional to just merely serviceable. Ones like "Man Behind the Curtain" (complete with creepy late night cabin visit), "Man From Tallahassee" and the 2 part "Through the Looking Glass" are season highlights and it's worth checking out the season if you're a Lost fan. Just be prepared for some...iffy parts along the way....more info
  • Great Series; Hateable Season
    I'm loving LOST, but I'm really hating the 3rd season. While I understand that we need to get to know The Others and what motivates them i have to wonder did they have to be made so damn annoying? They beat, imprison, hunt down and generally have no sense of hospitality and then they want favors. Irksome is the word that comes to mind.
    But I love this series and I know that once I get past this hateful season all will be well again...right?...more info
  • Lost Continues to Hook Me!
    A friend of mine convinced me to buy the DVD seasons of Lost, which I had never watched on TV. I am hooked! No commercials, the ability to put it on pause, not to mention the long line of friends who want to borrow each season! ...more info
  • A must have for all Lost fans
    This is such a great season and if you like lost it's a necessity. Also you should purchase season four: Lost: The Complete Fourth Season ...more info
  • LOST in hi-def is great...getting two of the same disc, not so great.
    Being a fan of the show LOST, I greatly anticipated this set, especially because it's on blu-ray, the best that HD has to offer. As I expected the picture was razor sharp and the sound was crystal clear. But watching through the set, Discs 1-4 were fine, just as they should be, but when I popped in disc 5 expecting to watch the next episodes. To my dismay, it was the same content as disc 1, only mislabed as disc 5. Regrettingly I had to send the set back to Amazon for a replacement. Keeping my fingers crossed hoping to finish season 3 of this great series....more info
  • 2 defective sets from Amazon
    I ordered this set from Amazon and enjoyed it immensely--until I got to disk five, and discovered that it was, unexpectedly, simply a copy of disk one. Amazon replaced the set.... and the new version has the exact same problem. So I've given up on getting a non-defective set from them........more info
  • True Lost Fan
    I am a lost fan. I have been watching the show since season 1 and have never been disappointed. I was really looking forward to season three and be able to review the shows before the next season begins. I have never been disappointed in any of the Lost box sets I have bought. I also like the bonus disc that is included. If you have never watched the show, and wonder what people are talking about when they say "the others, the hatch and who is the man with the patch eye", here is your chance to see the show and know the jargon. Enjoy!!...more info
  • thrilling
    Always keeps you asking questions. Very intense. Would not make sense if you have not seen the first two seasons though....more info
  • All About The Others
    While the first season of LOST introduced viewers to the important survivors of Oceanic 815, and the second season dealt with what was inside the hatch, the third season dealt primarily with the Others, a mysterious group of people that were on the island long before Oceanic 815 ever crashed on the beach.

    This season begins right where the second season left off, with Jack, Kate, and Sawyer as captives of the Others. As the season progresses, we learn more about why the Others only take specific prisoners, what their relationship is to the DHARMA initiative, and how they (most importantly Ben) came to be on the island in the first place. I could go on and on about the dramatic plot twists and turns, but I don't want to ruin anything for you!

    Besides the main mysterious plotlines, however, the emotional drama of the show is also ratcheted up a notch. Again, I don't want to ruin any big moments with a slip of the tongue here, but in this season the flashbacks of the "Losties" converge more than ever, as it becomes more and more apparent that the crash of Oceanic 815 was not a random event. More specifically, this season really highlights the Jack/Kate relationship, with some of the most emotional "Jate" moments of the entire show so far. The drama is heightened when Jack finds a new love interest among the Others, while Kate and Sawyer become closer than ever before.

    Yet, the entire breadth of the season pales in comparison to the shocking season finale, in which the entire structure of the show is changed. If anyone could fault this season for anything, it would be that it seemed like the writers/producers were milking the plotlines as they did not know how long the show would go (a common problem among popular TV shows). However, once the writers/producers finalized a contract with ABC to run for six seasons total, they become much more free to go all-out with their storytelling as the season went on, and it shows.

    To conclude, the third season of LOST is just as action-packed, thought-provoking, and emotionally relevant as the first two seasons. The origin of the Others is better explained, the flashbacks are just as compelling as ever (specifically those involving Jack and Kate), and the season finale will absolutely blow you away. You might as well pre-order season four now, as you will be counting down the days until its release....more info
  • High Octane
    LOST is a show on high octane. Once you get on this ride, you won't be getting off. You'll be addicted as all of us fans are.

    Even if this season was not my favorite. Even if we were given little answers and only more questions...I couldn't stop watching. I guess I am invested in the story and the characters. Every night it's on, I'm there in front of the TV and the next morning I'm discussing it with a friend. LOST is the most original show out there. By far.

    If you haven't gotten on the LOST bandwagon- do so before you miss out!! I doubt you'll be disappointed. ...more info
  • Amazing show, Amazing product
    The creators of LOST have done it again when their third season went beyond my expectations. It is well worth the price to purchase it for the amount received in the package. I found this season both entertaining and suspenseful. I can't wait till season four comes out on DVD. ...more info
  • Completely satisfied
    Brand new and works perfectly. As for LOST - what can I say...I'm addicted.
    ...more info
  • LOST
    i am freakin lost i dont know why kate was asking jack how has he been are they done with the show what i am lost i cant wait to get season 4 ...more info
  • Secrets Revealed
    The common consensus with fans seems to be that the third season of Lost is the weakest. I have to, respectfully, disagree.

    The genius writers and assorted crew behind "Lost" kept it fresh in the second season by focusing most of the action around the mysterious hatch. In the case of this season (the third), the main plot focuses on the conflict between the Oceanic survivors and the Others. Finally, after two entire seasons shrouded in mystery, some of the big questions start to get answers.

    + We learn how Ben came to be the leader of the Others
    + We learn what happened to the Dharma Initiative
    + We get a 'sort of' origin story for the Others
    + We learn how Locke ended up in a wheelchair.

    But that's not it. This season has a tighter narrative than any of those previous. While the flashbacks sometimes felt a bit contrived (especially the "how Jack got his tattoo" story), the main plots of each of these episodes tied very nicely in to each other, creating a very focused story-arc for this season. Jack, Sawyer, Kate, Charlie, and Desmond get some great character development, while characters that seemed to be static (such as Hurley) start to play larger parts. As with any show, there were story lines that I wasn't sure about (such as Locke becoming increasingly morally ambiguous), but the fact that I was constantly shocked and enthralled by this show is just a testament to how well-done it is.

    Though the story is so continuous in "Lost" (particularly this season), it's hard to pick out the episodes that really stand out, but there are a few I thought really solidified this series as one of the best I've ever seen. These are those episodes.

    5. The Cost of Living: Tugs on your heartstrings, and opens up new questions.
    4. Flashes Before Your Eyes: I was confused at the decision to make Desmond a permanent character, but this episode made him one of my favorites. Tragic, revealing, and the essence of "Lost."
    3. Tricia Tanaka Is Dead: Nearly perfect. This episode solidifies Hurley as a great character, and shows the characters having fun, which is great to see in the middle of so much drama.
    2. Greatest Hits: As a penultimate episode, it is a perfect example of how to build up tension for an explosive finale. Also, it has the greatest usage of flashbacks (recounting the best moments of Charlie's life) in the series, until...
    1. Through the Looking Glass: This two-part finale is a roller coaster ride that will keep you tense up (with tears in your eyes, because not everyone makes it out alive) until the shocking end.

    This show is brilliant. Simple as that. At this point, I trust the "Lost" team with any path they want to take us down, because this season and the two previous ones are proof that the yarn they spin is golden.

    10/10 Classic....more info
  • Lost
    Lost is an amazing show. I enjoy it's ability to challenge my mind. I like trying to figure things out in the show, yet, it is still fun to just watch the plot unfold as well....more info